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Your August Update

Register now for the 2022 Lakebed conference

Registration is open for the Lakebed 2030 conference, held in Traverse City, MI and virtually.

The objective of the Lakebed 2030 conference is to bring together science and research, policy, government, and industry professionals to:
  • Focus on high-resolution mapping and bathymetry data in the Great Lakes.
  • Develop a strategy to catalog new and existing lakebed information for shared use.
  • Share the latest technology advancements with the Great Lakes community.
Learn more and register

Sharing data with GLOS is free, and staff are ready to help

Thinking about connecting a platform to Seagull? 
 
As a nonprofit, one of GLOS’ main goals is to help more people share their data with the region, as a free public service. To help make this possible, we have staff ready to work with people to go from “I’m curious about connecting my buoy,” to “It’s live on Seagull!” We can even help with metadata.
 
Dozens of organizations are already connected, and more are coming online. These platforms recently connected to Seagull:
 
Format: Platform ID | Lake | Operator
 
UWRAEON5 + UWRAEON5-SL | Lake Erie | University of Windsor-RAEON
UWRAEON7 + UWRAEON7-SL | Lake Erie | University of Windsor-RAEON
MBB | Lake Superior | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
GB000 | Lake Michigan | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
GBW000 | Near Lake Michigan | University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
FD001 | Lake Erie | Flood Dogs
SPOT-1810 | Lake Superior | Michigan Tech.
45194 | Mackinac Straits | Michigan Tech.
Learn more and get started

Join us for the first Seagull Users Livestream

Seagull is now nearly four months old, and, thanks to lots of feedback from the user community, it keeps getting better. 
 
Tune in at the end of the month for the first-ever Seagull Users Livestream where Tim and Shelby will share the latest on development and plans for what’s next—with plenty of time for your questions. 
 
August 31
6-6:45 PM EST
Live on our YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee connects first LoRaWAN buoy to Seagull

The first Seagull-connected LoRa buoy floats in Green Bay. Photo by Jessica Grow, UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences. 
One of the perennial challenges for Great Lakes monitoring is getting good, reliable, low-cost data transmission. Many buoys connect to a local cell network. 
 
A new kind of communications network has been increasingly used in the Great Lakes: LoRa, which stands for “long range.” This low-cost network of receivers and transmitters, in some areas, can enable thousands of sensor devices to send real-time data at a fraction of the cost of cell or satellite connections. 
 
And the first buoy to use LoRa just connected to Seagull. 
 
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s GB000 connected to Seagull in late July.
See the live data

Low-cost, open-source Panther buoys are now on Seagull

Photo by Todd Miller.
Todd Miller, a researcher at UW-Milwaukee’s Zilber School of Public Health has been leading his lab to build a new type of low-cost buoy for the Great Lakes called Panther buoys. 
 
These platforms are built using open-source technologies with documentation and code published online for anyone to use and reproduce. Last year, GLOS funded several via Smart Great Lakes mini-grants. 
 
This was a new sort of connection for Seagull, but recently, GLOS staff was able to help build a direct connection so data flows securely to Seagull. These buoys also send data to other services, including UWM’s own Lakestat page
 
On Seagull:
Nicolet Bay
Sturgeon Bay
Mawickwe Bay
Discovery World
More coming soon.

Great Lakes’ first high-frequency radar commissioned in St. Ignace

Tricia Kinley, of the Mackinac Bridge Authority, presents at Bridge View Park in St. Ignace MI during Safety in the Straits.
Last Friday, 50 people gathered at the north end of the Straits of Mackinac to commission the Great Lakes' first high-frequency radar (HFR) installation. 
 
Many years in the making, this HFR monitors surface currents in real-time and can allow people to:
  • Locate people or pets during search and rescue operations.
  • Track vessels.
  • Monitor movements of hazardous spills or harmful algal blooms.
  • Understand how water moves through this complex, busy waterway. 
The event, called Safety in the Straits, was hosted by GLOS and Michigan Technological University and featured speakers including congresspeople and their staffers, NOAA and IOOS leadership, Michigan Technological University leadership, a member of the Mackinac Bridge Authority, and GLOS’ Kelli Paige.

With GLOS funding, Michigan Technological University’s Great Lakes Research Center installed the system in 2020 and now operates it, the first of its kind in the Great Lakes.

The data is now live and public. 
 
See the data and learn more
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P.S. This boat has no captain aboard. A new NOAA uncrewed surface vehicle recently ventured out into Lake Erie for testing as a future way to monitor harmful algal blooms.
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